Can the Kiwi whipping boys pull off another shock result?
Paraguay will give a late fitness test to defender Antonlin Alcaraz, who has an ankle problem. If he recovers in time, coach Gerardo Martino is likely to name the same side that beat Slovakia.
Roque Santa Cruz will start in a three-man attack, flanked by Lucas Barrios and Nelson Valdez. Midfielder Jonathan Santana could return to the bench after recovering from a thigh problem.
New Zealand are expected to be unchanged for a third consecutive game. Goalkeeper Mark Paston will keep his place even though first-choice Glen Moss is available after completing a four-game suspension.
One booking from ban: Vera, Victor Caceres (Paraguay); Fallon, Lochhead, Nelsen, Reid, Smith (New Zealand) (BBC Sport)
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Two sides who have outdone themselves thus far take the field Polokwane. Paraguay were commendable against the Italians and workmanlike against Slovakia to put themselves on the verge of a place in the last 16 with only a draw needed. New Zealand have confounded those who felt they would be the group whipping boys.
Two strong performances and two deserved points mean that the Kiwis still have an outside shot of qualification as long as they manage a win against the highly rated South Americans.
Italy 1-1 New Zealand
Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay